First Job in Private Duty!

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    Hey guys! I'm a new grad from this past May and I just had orientation for my new job as a Private Duty RN at a pediatric home health agency and I'm meeting my patient and his mother on Thursday. I'm so excited and nervous to start! My patient has Downs, hydrocephalus, a Mickey button, and is partially deaf/blind. I've been told that despite everything he's a sweet kid and is genuinely happy (he's 4). I've been told that for private duty, it's a fairly straight forward case and that I shouldn't have any problems.

    I would like to know if there is anything you would've wished you'd known before starting on PDN. Fresh out of college, I haven't really done any so I'm new to the system as well as nursing.

    Thanks in advance!
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    What kind of orientation are you getting? What is the mom like? Is she knowledgeable or is she hands off?

    I would make sure that you are aware of all the signs of shunt failure and how to check and replace the Mic-key at the very least. And also find out if he has any Downs-related cardiac issues.
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    My orientation was pretty much just learning about the documentation as well as going over some skills with the director. I don't really think I have anything else other than that, I was pretty much told the mom could help if I had questions :/
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    Hi [COLOR=#003366]tewilson90[/COLOR],
    Congrats, I am also a new graduate nurse! I am applying for an RN position with PSA Healthcare in FL to work with kids. I graduated this past May as well and the nursing job search has been a long process as I'm sure you know. Can I ask which company you applied to?
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    The company is called Angels of Care. I believe it's only in Texas at this time, but it's still growing. Good luck with PSA!
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    Quote from tewilson90
    My orientation was pretty much just learning about the documentation as well as going over some skills with the director. I don't really think I have anything else other than that, I was pretty much told the mom could help if I had questions :/
    You aren't getting any orientation once you're on the case? That seems very weird. You need at least a few shifts to get the hang out the child's routine.
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    Quote from PediLove2147

    You aren't getting any orientation once you're on the case? That seems very weird. You need at least a few shifts to get the hang out the child's routine.
    Nope, that was my only orientation. I've worked a few days with him, and other than having to search for some things it's been going pretty well considering
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    Quote from tewilson90
    Hey guys! I'm a new grad from this past May and I just had orientation for my new job as a Private Duty RN at a pediatric home health agency and I'm meeting my patient and his mother on Thursday. I'm so excited and nervous to start!
    Congrats, Tewilson90, on the new job!!!!


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